Thursday 29 October, 2020

Eastern Orators Toastmasters donate trees to PMSS for Nat'l Arbor Day

Students Shamari Brathwaite (5th form), Anderson Graham (2nd form), Jaliyah Hoyte (2nd form, Saedia Callander (4th form) (left to right) along with members of the Eastern Orators Toastmasters club and Principal Jonathan Corbin (second from right).

Students Shamari Brathwaite (5th form), Anderson Graham (2nd form), Jaliyah Hoyte (2nd form, Saedia Callander (4th form) (left to right) along with members of the Eastern Orators Toastmasters club and Principal Jonathan Corbin (second from right).

On the first day back to school, students of the Princess Margaret Secondary School were surprised with a donation from the Eastern Orators Toastmasters club in honour of National Arbor Day.

Barbados celebrates National Arbor Day on September 22 annually. 

President of Eastern Orators Toastmasters club, Alicia Chandler stated that this is where the club holds its meetings, therefore, the donation was their way of honoring their partnership with the school. 
 
This is not the first time that the club has donated such as this to a local school. Chandler disclosed that every three years a donation is made to schools across the island. 

Due to COVID-19 however, adjustments have been made to the routine of the club. Virtual meetings have now taken the forefront for the club instead of having face to face meetings. So as their way of reopening, a donation of fruit trees, a laptop, and a bookshelf to the school. 

Principal of the Princess Margaret Secondary School, Jonathan Corbin, expressed his gratitude for the overall donation but what stood out the most to him were the fruit trees (sugar apple, mami apple, cherry, guava, and soursop). 

 

After being given the trees, selected students, along with members of the club, planted the trees in the school's garden. 

"We are in the process of expanding the orchard here at the school. We've always had one from the time I came to school here in '79. There's always been an agricultural thrust, and this will help the bolster the stock of fruit trees that we've got" the Principal stated. 

He further disclosed that the school's golden apple tree suffered from a disease and perished therefore the new trees will fill the void of the golden apple tree. 
 
In the future, the club is hoping to have a hybrid format of meeting, utilizing both virtual and face to face every other Saturday. 

"One Saturday of the month we will be online virtual and the other Saturday we will meet physically," says Chandler. 

She encourages more youth to become involved in the Toastmasters club and by extension encouraged more parents to allow their children to be involved in making mention of the Youth Leadership Programme. 

"I am a product of the Youth Leadership Programme and that world has sparked my interest to be a Toast Master today."

"Toast Masters are where leaders are born" she continued.

"You learn numerous skills in terms of learn leadership skills and communication skills. You also time management. These are the skills we know that parents would want to ensure their children own and we want to provide a platform for that to happen". 
 

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